Incidence of Thyroid Disease in Adolescent Females Presenting with Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

J Pediatr. 2019 Sep:212:232-234. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.04.051. Epub 2019 May 23.


The incidence of thyroid disease in adolescents with heavy menstrual bleeding is unknown. A retrospective cross-sectional study of 427 adolescents presenting with heavy menstrual bleeding found 0.23% (95% CI 0%-0.7%) had thyroid disease, lower than that expected in the general population. Thyroid testing should only be considered when other symptomatology is present.

Keywords: clinical guidelines; primary care.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Menorrhagia / complications*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Thyroid Diseases / complications*
  • Thyroid Diseases / epidemiology*